Elham H. Fini, Ph.D. P.E.

Associate ProfessorFini


Contact: 434 McNair Hall
Email: efini@ncat.edu
Ph: (336) 285-3676
Fax: (336) 334-7126


Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2008
M.S. Sharif University of Technology 2003
B.S. Isfahan University of Technology 2000

Teaching Interest

Advanced Material Characterization (CIEN 786)
Construction Materials (CIEN 330)
Transportation and Pavement Design (CIEN 550)
Transportation Engineering (CIEN 350)
System Analysis (CIEN 702)
Introduction to Civil Engineering (CAEE100)
Construction Engineering (CIEN 481)
Construction Projects (CIEN 482)

Research Interest

Sustainable Infrastructure Materials, Bio-based Construction Materials, Hierarchical Material Synthesis and Multi-scale Characterization, Adhesion Mechanisms and Interface Characterization, Rheology, Constitutive Modeling, Atomistic and Multi scale Modeling Especially for Construction Adhesives, Infrastructure Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation, Asphalt and Modified Binder Rheology, Advanced Material Characterization

Research Projects

  1. INSPIRE: An Evolutionary Paradigm in Design and Engineering of Bio-Adhesives from Bio-mass, National Science Foundation, Proposal number: 1546921, 2015-2019. (PI), $749, 938 (active)
  2. Center for Highway Pavement Preservation (CHPP), USDOT, 2013-2018. Collaborative research with Michigan State University (a research thrust leader and the PI at NC A&T), $295,150 (active)
  3. CAREER: Integrated Research and Education to Improve Pavement Sustainability Using Bio-Binder, National Science Foundation, Proposal number: 1150695, 2012-2017. (PI), $432,100 (active)
  4. Using a Project-Based Learning Approach for Education and Training in Technological Innovation for STEM Students, NSF, 2015-2018 (Co-PI) (active), $400,000
  5. EAGER: Application of a Bottom-up Approach to Study Bio-adhesives Molecular Conformation, National Science Foundation, Proposal number: 1308728, 2012-2014. (PI), $155,589(active)
  6. Incorporation of Sustainability Concepts into Undergraduate Civil Engineering Curriculum Using Project-Based Learning, National Science Foundation, Proposal number: 1238852. (PI), $416,392 (active)
  7. Producing a Sustainable and Bio-Based Alternative for Petroleum-Based Asphalt, National Academy of Science, NCHRP-IDEA, N-1497, (PI), $150,000 (completed)
  8. STTR: Production and Scale-up of Bio-Adhesive from Animal Waste, National Science Foundation, $225,000 (PI) (completed)
  9. Interdisciplinary Experimental Studies, Teaching and Training: Use of By-Products of Bio-fuel from Swine Manure in Construction Adhesives, Proposal number: 0923425, 2009-2012. (PI), $349,986.00 (completed)
  10. I-Corps: Commercialization Feasibility Research and Demonstration Preparation for Production of Bio-adhesive from Animal Waste, National Science Foundation, Proposal number: 1246330, (PI), $50,000 (completed)

Invited Talks/Workshops/Webinars

  1. Physio-Chemical Characteristics of a Bio-Based Construction Adhesive, Adhesive & Sealant Convention, Oct. 23, 2013, Minneapolis, MN.
  2. Production and Characterization of Bio-based Adhesives for Construction Applications, Bruce Podwal Seminar Series, City College of New York, Oct. 29, 2013.
  3. Workshop: There is Plenty of Room at the Bottom: Nanotechnology Applications for Asphalt and Concrete Materials, January 13, 2013, Washington D.C.
  4. Swine Waste Could Figure in Asphalt Production, TV interview, North Carolina News 14 with Ed. Scannell, http://triad.news14.com/content/665541/swine-waste-could-figure-in-asphalt-production, Oct. 14, 2012
  5. Sustainable Construction Materials and Their Economic Impact, TV interview, North Carolina People With William Friday, http://video.unctv.org/video/2157218101
  6. Adhesive road asphalt from hog wastes focus of current research, Interview with Jolene Stevens, Le Mars Daily Sentinel, Le Mars, Iowa, 2012, http://www.lemarssentinel.com/story/1905162.html

Selected Publications

  • Pahlavan, F., M. Mousavi, and A. Hung, E. H. Fini, 2016, Investigating Molecular Interactions and Surface Morphology of Wax-Doped Asphaltenes, Journal of Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, (in press).
  • Martin-Martinez, F. J., E. H. Fini, M. J. Buehler. 2015, Molecular Asphaltene Models Based on Clar Sextet Theory, RSC Advances, 5 (1), 753 - 759.
  • Oldham, D. J., E. H. Fini, and E. Chailleux. 2015, Application of a Bio-binder as a Rejuvenator for Wet Processed Asphalt Shingles in Pavement Construction, Construction and Building Materials, 86 (1):75–84.
  • Hung, A., E. Fini, 2015, AFM Study of Asphalt Binder “bee” Structures: Origin, Mechanical Fracture, Topological Evolution, and Experimental Artifacts, RSC Advances, DOI: 10.1039/c5ra13982a.
  • Hosseinnezhad, Sh., E. H. Fini, B. K. Sharma, M. Basti and B. Kunwar. 2015, Physiochemical Characterization of Synthetic Bio-oils Produced from Bio-mass: A Sustainable Source for Construction bio-adhesives, RSC Advances, 5(1), pp. 519 –527.
  • Fini, E., P. Hajikarimi M.  Rahi, F. Moghadas Nejad. 2015, Physiochemical, Rheological and Oxidative Aging Characteristics of Asphalt Binder in Presence of Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles, Materials in Civil Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, 28(2), 10.1061/(ASCE)MT.1943-5533.0001423.
  • Fini, E, Sh. Hosseinnezhad, D.J. Oldham, B. K. Sharma, 2015, Effectiveness of Liquid Rubber as a Modifier for Asphalt Binder, Road Materials and Pavement Design, DOI:10.1080/14680629.2015.1124800, pp. 1-16
  • Mogawer W.S., E. H. Fini, A. J. Austerman, A. Booshehrian, B. Zada, 2015, Performance Characteristics of High RAP Bio-Modified Asphalt Mixtures, Road Materials and Pavement Design, DOI: 10.1080/14680629.2015.1096820, pp. 1-15.
  • Fini, E., A. Bocoum, Sh. Hosseinnezhad, F.  Martin-Martinez, 2015, Bio-Modification of Rubberized Asphalt and Its High Temperature Properties, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2506, pages 81-89.
  • Fini, E., F. S. Buabeng, T. Abu-Lebdeh, and F. Awadallah, 2015, Effect of Introduction of Furfural on Asphalt Binder Aging Characteristics, Road Materials and Pavement Design, DOI: 10.1080/14680629.2015.1108219.